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Patrick Murphy misstated CPA experience, too, report says

Did Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Patrick Murphy also overstate the time he spent working as a certified public accountant?

That's what Politico reports this morning, on the heels of Miami Herald and Tampa Bay Times reports that revealed both an exaggeration and a contradiction in Murphy's resume.

His experience as a CPA has been a big resume booster for Murphy, a two-term congressman from Jupiter who entered politics five years ago. But Politico highlights a discrepancy in Murphy's selling point: He's previously said that he "spent several years as a certified public accountant working for Deloitte & Touche" but he had the CPA license for less than a year while working for the firm.

In a profile of Murphy published Friday, the Herald/Times reported how Murphy took a break from working at his family's Coastal Construction company to gain experience at a private accounting firm. He worked for Deloitte & Touche in Miami as an auditor from September 2007 to May 2010. A Deloitte spokeswoman confirmed Murphy's employment but couldn't specify what positions he held during that time.

Murphy got his CPA license through Colorado in September 2009 -- eight months before leaving Deloitte to return to Coastal as vice president of its environmental services division.

Murphy told both the Herald/Times and Politico that he got licensed in Colorado because it has more flexible requirements to sit for the CPA exam than Murphy's home state of Florida, where he's lived, been educated and worked his entire life. Politico reported Murphy actually took the test in Vermont, though.

“I was excited to get my license and to start my career,” Murphy told the Herald/Times.

Read Politico's full report here.

Resume misstatements have dogged Murphy for the past few weeks, at a critical time 90 days before the Aug. 30 Democratic primary -- when he'll face fellow U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson of Orlando and Miami labor attorney and former naval officer Pam Keith.

Last month, the Herald/Times reported that Murphy exaggerated his academic credentials in recent years by saying he had "dual degrees" from the University of Miami, when he actually earned a single bachelor's degree with two majors. (His U.S. Senate campaign called the discrepancy an "inadvertent error.")

The Tampa Bay Times also reported that Murphy's claim to have spent “six months in the Gulf of Mexico leading cleanup efforts" after the 2010 BP oil spill contradicts with a timeline Murphy's Senate campaign provided to account for those months.

One Republican political group, funded by "dark money," says Murphy should resign for "lying" about his educational and job credentials.

[Last modified: Thursday, June 23, 2016 10:26am]


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